Today's Devotional Thought
October 14, 2011 by Rachel Piferi
Finding Hope Together
“Finding hope together” is the motto or purpose of After the Miracle. And, when we were trying to come up with our motto, we spent a long time discussing what we wanted to say in this short tagline. And, the word hope kept emerging in our discussions as central to our purpose. And, the idea of a fellowship of believers coming together to encourage each other was also central. Out of those themes, our motto emerged. Finding hope together.
Hope is a fascinating construct to study. It often appears in the New Testament alongside love and faith. Hope is defined in the dictionary as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” The word hope has its origins in the Greek word "elpis," meaning a confident expectation. And, when you see hope described in the Bible, it always centers on Jesus Christ.
So, what is our hope? Our hope is not that things will work out on this earth. There are no promises that we will receive good outcomes here. They are possible, but they are not guaranteed and we should not hope, or confidently expect, that they will work out on this earth. What we should have hope in, is that God will keep his promise that if we believe in Jesus as our Savior that he will deliver us from this sinful world.
Peter talks about a living hope in I Peter 1. In verses 3-6, he writes:
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
All believers have within them this living hope that energizes and empowers them to live amidst the sin and trials around us. Our hope sustains us through trials. And, we are energized as believers with this living hope that we will be redeemed one day when our days on this earth are done. So, be hopeful and joyful and patient in affliction. God promises us hope and sent us hope through Jesus Christ. And, one day, all of the trials of this world will be behind us and we will be with Him. So join us as we are finding hope together.